NHS staff offered free Cycling UK membership

Cycling UK continues to support the UK to cycle
This remains true during this difficult period with the ongoing threat of coronavirus Covid-19

NHS staff offered free Cycling UK membership

In recognition of the significant contribution NHS staff are making in keeping the UK safe, Cycling UK is offering those who cycle free third-party insurance and legal advice to help ensure they are protected too.

NHS workers taking to their bikes to get to work during the coronavirus outbreak can access free Cycling UK membership and be automatically covered by the charity’s 3rd party insurance for incidents costing up to £10m. Membership is accessed via the charity’s website and will last for the next three months.

Paul Tuohy Cycling UK’s chief executive said:

“Last night along with the rest of the nation, I cheered and clapped for our NHS heroes from my doorstep. These brave men and women are putting their lives on the line for us every time they go to work and deserve everyone’s support and respect.

“That’s why today, we’ve made Cycling UK membership available to every NHS worker who is cycling to work. Hopefully they will never need to use the insurance and legal advice that comes with it, but just as they’ve got our back in case the worst happens, Cycling UK wants to make sure everyone in the NHS who needs it is looked after too – it’s the least we can do.”

Just as the NHS has got our back in case the worst happens, Cycling UK wants to make sure everyone in the NHS who needs it is looked after too.

Paul Tuohy, Cycling UK chief executive

The national charity has also put together an advice page with articles and videos on essential cycling skills NHS staff new to cycling can use. These include tips on how to cycle safely, a journey planner, basic maintenance and also how to lock your bike securely. 

Cycling UK is also asking the UK’s cyclists to help them keep our most important workers at this time safe when they’re cycling to work by making a donation.

“Cycling UK couldn’t make this offer to the nation’s real heroes if it wasn’t for ongoing support of our 68,000 members,” said Mr Tuohy. “But by opening up our membership to those who need it most, it is likely to impact our finances.

“I’m appealing to our members and the wider cycling community who can afford it to make a small donation, so we can keep on helping those who need it the most.”

For NHS workers who are already Cycling UK members, the charity will extend the current membership by an extra three months.

*Update 3 June 2020*

Please note, the above mentioned keyworker offer closed on 31 May to new members.

If you’ve recently discovered the joys of cycling or are starting to ride to work, we’ve got everything you need to help you on your journey.

The Back on your bike bundle is only £15 for 6 months and includes everything you need to help you feel more confident on your recreational ride or commute.

Keep the wheels turning

Cycling UK is supporting people to keep cycling through the COVID-19 crisis; with free memberships for frontline NHS staff; advice, tips and guidance so you can cycle safely; and campaigning for more cycling infrastructure.

We can only do these things with your help, especially in these uncertain times.

Please give whatever you can to support this vital work, through our donate page

Donating now will help keep the wheels turning for NHS staff and all cyclists, creating a better today and a brighter future for us all.

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Comments

Could the offer be extended to Care Home Staff too. These workers and nurses are not normally NHS employees but take most of the social care load off the NHS and work closely with them.

Hi Mycams, thanks for the message. 

We value the contribution being made by all keyworkers, including care home staff, and are currently looking at a number of ways we can support other keyworkers through this difficult period.

Unfortunately, as a charity we are restricted to offering free memberships to only NHS workers at this time in recognition of their selfless dedication in putting their lives on the line for us. Over 900 people have taken this up already so we aren't able to open it up further. But if funds allow, we would absolutely love to extend this offer to support more wonderful keyworkers to cycle. 

That’s why we're asking members and others from the cycling community to donate in support of  our work to be able to help more NHS and keyworkers (information on the top right of this page). Keep an eye on your website and communications for further updates and news. 

Many thanks, Georgi (Head of Membership)

Good stuff. Fully support and this and would any extension too. Perhaps to Citizens Advice peeps as well - bit of self interest there!

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